Getting Rid of Ants in Your House

20 July 2015
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20 July 2015, Comments 0

Ants typically invade your home for one reason: food. Most feed on sugary or greasy items.

Sugar ants — also called odorous house ants — are one of the most common ant invaders and among the first pests to show up in the spring. They’re about one-eighth of an inch or smaller and are attracted to food sources.

The common pavement ant, which is brown to black and about 1/10th of an inch long, will set up colonies near driveways or patios and then send out scouts to search for food in your home. They eat meat, grease, seeds, dead or live insects, and can sting and bite if disturbed.

Carpenter ants, which are black and up to half an inch long, look for protein rather than sugar, and will chew and dig through wood to find nesting locations. Small piles of wood shavings called “frass” found under windows or door frames are signs of carpenter ants.

Keeping ants out

The first step to prevent an ant infestation: clean house. If you see scout ants in your home, kill them immediately. Make sure you don’t leave any food out and keep all kitchen surfaces clean.

If you continue to see ants, make sure you’ve closed off possible entry points, including sealing small cracks in your walls or under windows. Start by caulking potential entry points, such as window casings.

Hire a pest control professional

Large-scale infestations require assistance from a pest professional.

At Select Pest Control, we solve ant problems by locating the colony itself; typically this starts by laying bait traps, which contain poisoned food taken back to the nest. Once found, we can use a variety of techniques including chemical sprays to totally eliminate the ants in your home.

In the case of carpenter ants, early detection is critical. Left unchecked, they can cause significant damage to your home. Our pest professional may need to drill small holes in your wall to make sure the entire colony has been eliminated, and will often book a follow-up visit to make sure problems don’t recur.

Costs of ant removal

The cost to remove ants from your home depends on many different circumstances. Did you know that the ants you see in your home are only 10% of the population nearby? To completely remove the ant infestation, a pest professional will need to destroy the colony at its source.

Our expert pest professionals are here to help you solve your ant problem. From recommending DIY products to full service ant elimination, we are here to help make sure your home is ant free!

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